The Higher Education Act allows an FAA to make dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with special circumstances. In addition to documenting such a decision in the student’s file, the FAA must also report the override to the CPS using FAA Access to CPS Online.

You can also determine if a student is an unaccompanied youth who is either homeless or is self-supporting and at risk of becoming homeless. A student is considered homeless if he or she lacks fixed, regular, and adequate housing. This includes students who are living in shelters, motels, cars, or parks, or who are temporarily living with other people because they have nowhere else to go. Students are also considered homeless if they are fleeing an abusive parent(s) who would otherwise provide the student with financial support and a place to live. Homeless youth determinations should be made on a case-by-case basis.

You can request a dependency override to make a dependent student independent or to identify an FAA homeless youth determination on the initial application or any subsequent transaction. To cancel a dependency override, you must submit a correction.

The resulting ISIR indicates the results of the dependency override request.

The ISIR codes and their meanings are as follows:

No FAA override
FAA override from dependent to independent
FAA override canceled
FAA override failed
FAA homeless youth determination

Related Topics:

Dependency Override done by another school

Special Circumstances